September 6, 2023
Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and First Lady Louise Araneta Marcos joined the Gala Dinner of the 43rd Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) City Forest in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia, together with First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, welcomed the ASEAN Leaders, Dialogue Partners and other invited guests.
As this year’s ASEAN host, Indonesia intends to make a deep impression on invited state guests, while introducing the nation’s archipelagic cultural wealth through this opportunity.
Featured in the City Forest are several rare plants, such as baobab (Adansonia digitata), of which the original habitat is in Africa, then ironwood (Eusideroxylon zwageri) that originates from the Borneo Island. There is also an ebony tree (Diospyros celebica bakh) from Sulawesi.
Also planted there are pink tabebuya, pomegranate, jakaranda, kuri, buni, pule, kepel and other trees.